Autism and Mental Health
The research topic I have chosen is the different effects that Autism might have on the mental health of those affected. I have chosen to write about this topic because it interests me. I have always been drawn in by topics related to psychology and the way we, as humans, react to factors in our life and within ourselves. As someone who was diagnosed with major clinical depression and anxiety disorder, I know how difficult it can be to complete certain things can be during the daily routine. My brother was diagnosed with autism at the age of one, he is now about to turn three, and is often troubled by not being able to easily complete activities that a neurotypical could.
Some inquiry questions I have for my topic of mental health and autism are is there a higher prevalence of mental health distress in people with autism? Why are talking therapies less effective for those affected by autism? How can other sorts of treatments better aid people with autism? These questions are worth investigating because I want to know on what level does the diagnosis that my brother was given affects his present and future development. And, not only the way it affects him but the thousands of kids, teenagers and adults who are undergoing through the effects of this disorder. The question I would like to expand my research and knowledge is whether a higher chance of mental distress exists in people with autism than in neurotypical people. I would like to expand my knowledge in this because I have often read about many teenagers and adults affected by autism committing suicide and also mass murders to get rid of themselves and of a subject that bother them, but in a ostentatious way.
To draw a conclusion, I will need to investigate how a ´normal´ brain functions in comparison to the brain of a person with autism. Besides the anatomical point of view, I will need to research about what mental illnesses are the most common among those who are neurotypical and compare it to the percentage of people with autism. I will need to investigate what makes talking therapy successful and what components are within it. For example, is it the same for everyone, or do therapists create different plans for each patient, and if so, how and based on what? To better understand the effect of therapy on those troubled by autism and its symptoms, I will need to research how treatments for this group get develop and on based on what factors.